Ling Wang: Urban Agriculture in Metro Shanghai

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Cornell in Rome Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Ling Wang is a lecturer and vice-director of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai. She is a graduate of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, receiving a Ph.D. in urban planning (landscape architecture, planning, and design) in 2009, as well as her master of engineering and bachelor of engineering degrees in urban planning and design. In addition to her teaching and research, she has completed a number of agriculture-focused planning initiatives in Shanghai and elsewhere in China, and in 2016–17, served as an advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission. She was a visiting scholar in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University in 2014–15.


Despite massive growth in recent decades, Shanghai has consistently maintained its ability to grow a substantial portion of its food supply within its boundaries. Today about 30 percent of the city's land area is dedicated to agriculture, producing some 80 percent of vegetables, 75 percent of eggs, and 40 percent of pork consumed by city residents. Even with continued growth, the 2035 Shanghai Master Plan calls for increasing land dedicated to food production to 32 percent through the relocation of industrial and other development, and restoration of land to agricultural production.

This lecture will address national and local trends and policies affecting agriculture in China and Shanghai. It will discuss city policies and actions designed to protect arable land resources; construct an ecologically friendly and sustainable agriculture sector; promote scientific and technical development to enhance productivity, and better protect the environment, enhance the economic viability, and standard of living for farmers; and reconnect urban residents with agriculture through a robust agritourism sector.

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